05 Jan '12, 12am

Jakarta plans to stop sending maids abroad by 2017 under domestic worker reform 'roadmap'

Jakarta plans to stop sending maids abroad by 2017 under domestic worker reform 'roadmap'

Young Indonesian women at a training centre for maids near Jakarta. If the Indonesian government's 'roadmap' is carried out, it could mean a massive shortage of maids for places like Singapore and Malaysia. -- ST FILE PHOTO By Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Indonesia Correspondent Jakarta - Indonesia is looking to stop sending its nationals to work as maids abroad by 2017, under a 'roadmap' it is drawing up to reform and formalise its domestic worker sector. Under the Domestic Worker Roadmap 2017, it wants to ensure maids are treated like other workers when they work abroad - earning minimum wages, getting leave and working fixed hours, for example. The plan is part of a larger aim to raise the skills of the thousands of Indonesians going overseas to work, according to the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry. Background story Indonesians account for almost half of Singapore's 200...

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